MARCH 15, 2015

2:00 p.m. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Tavern

Lecture Series Speaker: David Bennett

Canadian author and historian, David Bennett, explores the controversial secret negotiations during the Revolutionary War between Ethan Allen and the British Governor General Frederick Haldimand.

The Haldimand Negotiations had a thick background and context. One of the Allens' central aims was to gain recognition of land titles granted by New Hampshire before the British government awarded jurisdiction to New York in 1764. Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys led the resistance to New York from 1770 onwards; negotiations with the British involved the titles to Vermont lands, an issue that thus lasted throughout the Revolutionary War. The attempts of the Allen family to maintain Vermont’s independence from its neighbors were successful: they fended off their adversaries long enough for Vermont to become the 14th State in 1791.